Snohomish County Adult and Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation Project
This research includes a process, outcome and cost-benefit study of the Snohomish County Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Snohomish County Family Drug Treatment Court. The outcome evaluation is focused on assessing whether drug court participants remain crime free, complete treatment at greater rates than individuals who participate in the traditional system, and the impact of drug court participation on use of other social and health services (and the implications of these changes). The cost-benefit study compares the overall operational costs of the drug court program, assesses the cost of the traditional court and treatment process, and evaluates which agencies contribute to the drug court and traditional court process and at what cost. Findings are to be provided to Snohomish County officials via a draft evaluation report, a final evaluation report and a presentation of the final report to Snohomish County, including the County Council, Superior Court Judges and the Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Program Advisory Board by December, 2013.
Spokane County Behavioral Health Therapeutic Drug Court Evaluation Project
WSU researchers are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the Spokane County Behavioral Health Therapeutic Drug Court to determine the effectiveness of enhancing the drug court program by training staff in trauma informed principles, addition of a risk/needs assessment tool and offering the evidence-based Thinking for a Change program. The goal of this research and program enhancement is to increase public safety by decreasing criminality and substance abuse in Spokane County among felony offenders with substance abuse and/or mental illness. WSU researchers are conducting both a process and outcome evaluation, and the core focus of the outcome evaluation is determining if drug court participants remain crime free, complete treatment at greater rates than individuals who participate in the traditional system, and the impact of drug court participation on use of other social and health services (and implications of these changes).
Evaluation of Spokane Valley Drug Court